Sandviper Gokren is the leader of the Sandviper sect in the desolate wilds. He is a truegold on the Sandviper Path, is the father of Sandviper Kral, and is the ally of Jai Long. He is killed by Lindon during the Jai clan's attack on the Aurelius family at Serpent's Grave.
Gokren is a wiry man with slicked-back grey hair. He wears furs and a scarf made out of snake-skin. He is medium height, and carries 2 spears as weapons.
Gokren cares deeply for his sect and his family. He pursues honor and has great determination as he follows his path. He is cautious, and plans well. He is an excellent leader of the Sandvipers, and has earned their loyalty and love. He doesn't do foolish things, or let his emotions overcome him; however, after the death of his son Kral, he dedicates his life to helping Jai Long because of how close Kral and Jai were. He holds to his commitment to Jai Long despite the challenges it poses, risking his own life, the life of his sect members, and everything else to help him. He turns down the chance to steal the ancestor's spear from Jai Long and take it for his sect, and when Jai Long is forced to serve the Jai Clan, Sandviper Gokren stays with him as an ally until his own death.
Gokren is an extrememly powerful Truegold with a Bloodforged Iron body. He developed the tequniques that his sect practices, which focus on forger and ruler techniques. he has few enforcer options, as the madra he cultivates is venemous, but the bloodforged iron body allows him to heal from any hits he takes or resist his own toxins. He fights ferociously, leveraging his superior power over his opponents and staying on the offensive, zoning his opponents with clouds of toxic gas and striking at them with his two spears.
Gokren reached Truegold at a relatively young age, and though he eventually reached the peak of Truegold, he never uncovered the secrets of Underlord. He sought his reason for practicing the sacred arts, but failed. Without access to an Underlord to coach him through advancement, he died a Truegold.
While Sandviper Gokren is mentioned and referenced in Soulsmith, he first enters the story in Blackflame. He had just returned from a very successful hunt in the Desolate Wilds to find that his son Kral had been killed by Lindon. Gokren references this event as what ended his life, and he turns to helping Jai Long wage war upon the Jai Clan.